- 1surmount something to deal successfully with a difficulty synonym overcome She was well aware of the difficulties that had to be surmounted. The organizers of the concerts have first to surmount the hurdle of gaining sponsorship. There are several obstacles to be surmounted.
- 2[usually passive] surmount something to be placed on top of something a high column surmounted by a statue Word Origin late Middle English (also in the sense ‘surpass, be superior to’): from Old French surmonter (from sur- and the verb mount).
BrE BrE//səˈmaʊnt//; NAmE NAmE//sərˈmaʊnt//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they surmount
BrE BrE//səˈmaʊnt//; NAmE NAmE//sərˈmaʊnt//he / she / it surmounts
BrE BrE//səˈmaʊnts//; NAmE NAmE//sərˈmaʊnts//past simple surmounted
BrE BrE//səˈmaʊntɪd//; NAmE NAmE//sərˈmaʊntɪd//past participle surmounted
BrE BrE//səˈmaʊntɪd//; NAmE NAmE//sərˈmaʊntɪd//-ing form surmounting
BrE BrE//səˈmaʊntɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//sərˈmaʊntɪŋ//